DEBRIEFING THE DEAD Nominated for a RONE Award

On top of the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award Final, DEBRIEFING THE DEAD was nominated yesterday for InD’tale Magazine’s 2019 RONE (Reward Of Novel Excellence) Awards, in the Paranormal: Long category. This means the book moves to the second round of the competition, which is where readers vote for their favorite books. You can bet I’ll be begging on social media for all your votes!! (My round is May 13-19, so you have a few weeks yet.  :))

But wait – there’s MORE great news: To celebrate, it appears that Amazon has decided to start my $0.99 sale a day EARLY. That’s right – you can now read the multi-nominated e-book for LESS THAN A DOLLAR. Hurry – get it now, before WAKING THE DEAD releases on May 27!

Debriefing the Dead is a 2019 RITA® Award Finalist

I am so humbled and honored to announce that DEBRIEFING THE DEAD (Book One of The Dead Series) has been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s highest honor in published fiction, the RITA® Award. For anyone not familiar with it, this is our equivalent of an Oscar nomination. I can’t even take it all in yet!

And I’m in the same category (Paranormal Romance) with incredible authors, such as Suzanne Brockmann and J.R. Ward. Again — I keep squinting at the finalist list, thinking somehow my name isn’t really on it. But it is. Wow. Pop some champagne with me, ‘cuz I’m CELEBRATING. Squee!!!!!

DEBRIEFING THE DEAD Nominated for Another Award

After being a finalist in last month’s N.N. Light’s Book Awards, I’m so excited to announce that DEBRIEFING THE DEAD has been nominated for another award — The Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Awards! Please consider giving me your vote — DEAD is in the very first category (GHOSTS/HORROR/DARK FANTASY), and voting is open until 1/29/19. You can only vote once (this is not a daily thing!), and you do need to be logged in to a Google account. But you do NOT have to join/be a member of The Paranormal Romance Guild. Any votes, and any help spreading the word is much appreciated!

Link: http://bit.ly/PRGRCA18Vote

Thank you all, and have a wonderful MLK Holiday!

Awards & Giveaways

As usual, I’ve got several different giveaways to share with you (one of which ends TODAY), plus a great free cookbook download from my publisher (The Wild Rose Press), as well as N.N. Light’s Book Heaven’s Holiday Shopping Guide (which my book is in, of course!).

To read all about any of the above, including the other giveaways going on now, check out the latest edition of my Very Occasional Mailing List. And if you want to stay up-to-date on the latest with me or my books, please subscribe — I’m clearly better at sending those out (very occasionally!) than I am about updating here (uh… almost never?? 🙂 *sigh*).

And speaking of N.N. Light’s Book Heaven, I have some very exciting news: DEBRIEFING THE DEAD is a finalist in the Paranormal Romance category of their 2018 Book Awards!! My book was chosen as a finalist from all the 5-star reviews, and the winners in all categories will be announced on Tuesday December 18, 2018. I’m so excited and honored! Woot!  🙂

Rave Reviews, Cover Contests, and Giveaways – oh MY!

Lots has been going on since last I posted. So much that I haven’t had time to post about it!


First of all, I need to mention that I’m doing another giveaway, over at Romancing the Book. Click here to read the interview, and enter to win one of three Amazon gift cards ($10, $5 and $5). They also posted a great review of DEBRIEFING THE DEAD – read it here.

Speaking of reviews — I got some AWESOME news last week.  DEBRIEFING THE DEAD got a 5-star review from InD’tale Magazine, and their Crowned Heart for Excellence! This means it’s eligible for entry into the RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards next year – SQUEE! (NOTE: As of this posting, they currently have my last name misspelled. The link above works, but if you go to their website directly, or open the magazine PDF, and search on my name, you won’t find me. You have to search by book title, until they get it fixed.  😦  )

And last but certainly not least, my amazing cover by the talented Rae Monet has been winning/placing in cover contests all over the web. First, it WON the June Moonlight and Mystery Cover Art contest!!! More info about the contest, and info on future entries, can be found here.

And second (literally!  :)), it placed second in Affaire de Coeur Magazine‘s Uniquely Yours Cover Category! Our category got almost 4x as many votes as the other categories, and not only was it a close race, but the third place book was ALSO a Rae Monet design! So that tells you how great a designer she is!!!
Whew! What a couple of months this has been! I hope Summer is treating you all well. It’s been pretty damn good for me so far!!  🙂

Lots Going On

Sorry I’ve been radio silent over the last couple of weeks. So much has been going on, I haven’t had time to post about it! (Speaking of which, have you checked out the events list in the right sidebar? I’ve got all my upcoming events in there, if you’re wondering what I’m up to, including…)

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…that today, N.N. Light’s Book Heaven is featuring me as the Author Spotlight! I’m talking about ghosts, and would love to hear if you’ve met one. So hop on over and leave me a comment!

Also, USA Today Bestselling Author and Writer Friend Extraordinaire Lenora Bell is giving away a FREE copy of DEBRIEFING THE DEAD on her Facebook page. She’s posted one of my favorite short excerpts from the book, so stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win. (Already have a copy? Enter to win and gift it to someone else — I’m not picky!  ;)) Giveaway runs until this Thursday May 24.

HowTheDukeWasWonThen there’s my signing coming up at Jan’s Paperbacks in Beaverton, Oregon. And more giveaways/blog tours/release month madness in the works! Really — I can’t keep up with it all. I certainly don’t expect you to!!

Hope you’re all having as wonderful a month as I am!

Happy reading!!

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